Washington Window: Another martyr for justice

Abraham Lincoln, Elijah P. Lovejoy, Samuel Fielden, Adolph Fischer, August Spies and Albert Parsons of Haymarket, Joe Hill, the Ludlow Massacre victims, the Homestead victims, Andrew Goodman, James Chaney and Michael Schwerner, Medgar Evers, four little girls in a Birmingham church, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The list goes on and on of martyrs for justice.

And now, add Heather Heyer.

A neo-Nazi gunning his car through a peaceful crowd in Charlottesville, Va., killed Ms. Heyer, a 32-year-old paralegal who spent her time at her law firm helping financially troubled people save their homes. The driver deliberately injured 19 other people with his automobile-turned-missile. He’s been indicted for second-degree murder and on other charges.

Heyer and her comrades were standing up to the hundreds of racists, xenophobes, white supremacists and Ku Klux Klan members who invaded Charlottesville on August 11-12.

Heyer wanted to show that justice, not hate, should and must be the goal of all Americans, that all deserve equal rights and equal respect, that all — black, white, brown, yellow, red, native, foreign-born, gay, straight, transgender, whatever — must live in a land where, in Thomas Jefferson’s words, “All men are created equal.” Emphasis on the word “all.”

For that ideal, for justice for all, she paid with her life. As did the martyrs named above.

Sure, Heyer was not a member of a union, but she shared the goals of the union movement. It’s no coincidence that UFCW Local 400, which represents grocery workers in

Charlottesville, dedicated Mother Jones’ famous words — “Pray for the dead, fight like hell for the living” — to her.

We must adopt and implement that command to overcome the racists, the haters, the neo-Nazis and the Klan who invaded Charlottesville, and who have come even more out in the open in recent months.

And we must adopt and implement Mother Jones’ order to overcome their enabler and cheerleader, the moral moron and ethical eunuch who now sits in the Oval Office. The Washington State AFL-CIO got it right last month with their convention motto, describing how to deal with the U.S. president: “Resist. Persist. Repeat.”

But we have another message, and that’s for all of you who voted for that man. Take a good hard look…in the mirror. He’s your president, not ours. If he’s not yours anymore, walk. And say why, publicly and loudly. You owe it to yourselves, your country, your neighbors, and your conscience.

And you owe it to Heather Heyer.

Source: PAI